This Tony Romo Apologist Is Done Apologizing

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Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The story, the legend, of Dallas Cowboy’s QB, Tony Romo was a good one… until it wasn’t.

I, like most of CowboysNation, haven’t been able to wrap my mind around how come this Tony Romo led Dallas Cowboys team can’t get deep into the playoffs or to a SuperBowl.  I also hadn’t been able to wrap my mind around why Tony Romo got singled out and hated for it.  Until now.

Lets go back for a moment.

Many Cowboys fans experienced, since Troy Aikman’s last year as Cowboys QB, the helplessness of watching a team stuck in a quagmire of salary cap hell and poor drafting.  All we, the fans, wanted was some kind of spark, something to get us to start believing again.

The hiring of coach Bill Parcells caught our attention.  Even though the jaded and the knowing reminded us that Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, only hired Bill to help get the interest and seal the deal for financing of a new stadium,  the common Cowboy fan sat up and took notice.

Just the infusion of Bill Parcells and his coaching staff turned a 5-11 sad Cowboys team into a scrappy, 10-6 surprise playoff team.  Of course, the reality of a team with questionable talent at the skill positions set in and returned the Cowboys to their losing ways the following year.  Turning the Cowboys around wasn’t going to be easy. At least Parcells was determined to do it the right way, through the draft.

This isn’t a story about the Parcells era, so let me get to my point.  The starting Cowboys QB at the time, Quincy Carter, got himself kicked off the team for failing a drug test which started a plug and play carousel of big name QBs on their last legs and draft picks that never got their legs.  Again, CowboysNation started to lose interest and pined for another spark. We had the coach, we figured, now we just needed a player to rally around.

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Along came Tony Romo.  The kid with the Brett Favre style and happy go lucky grin.  Finally, an heir to the to the Staubach/Aikman throne.  Romo was fun to watch, gave the Cowboys fans hope and he wasn’t a bad QB either.

His likability was infectious and rise meteoric.  A media darling that dated starletts. To Jerry Jones, Romo was a new face of the franchise.  The hope of the fan base meant ticket sales for Jerry.  So badly did we the fans, as well as the sports media and Jerry Jones himself, want to see America’s Team relevant again, that we all overlooked the raw qualities and badly timed interceptions that, along with the touchdowns and scrambling play making, were also very much part of Romo’s game.

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